15 March

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2014 Scott Asheton (drummer for The Stooges) dies of a heart attack at age 64.

2008 The musical I Am Who I Am, based on the life of singer Teddy Pendergrass, opens in Chicago.

2005 The third offering from Daft Punk, Human After All, is released in the US a day after its launch in the rest of the world. Recorded in just six weeks, it is a critical and commercial disappointment, leading the French duo to retreat into the studio to reconsider their direction and to call up some big-name collaborators for their next effort, Random Access Memories.

2004 The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inducts Bob Seger, George Harrison, The Dells, ZZ Top, Jackson Browne, Prince, and Traffic at their annual ceremony in New York City.

2003 Brad Paisley marries actress Kimberly Williams at Pepperdine University's Stauffer Chapel. They first met when the singer cast her as his female lead in his music video for "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)."

2002 Marshall Leib (of The Teddy Bears) dies of a heart attack at age 63.

1999 Curtis Mayfield, Del Shannon, Dusty Springfield, Paul McCartney, The Staple Singers, Billy Joel, and Bruce Springsteen are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Springsteen reunites with the E Street Band to perform at the ceremony.

1986 Starship's "Sara" hits #1 on the Hot 100. It's the second chart-topper (following "We Built This City") for the third iteration of the group, which was previously Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.

1983 Cathy Smith is arrested for second-degree murder for providing the drugs that killed John Belushi.

1982 The Songwriters Hall Of Fame, formed in 1969, finally lets Bob Dylan in.

1979 At a party following a Stephen Stills concert, Elvis Costello gets in an argument with Bonnie Bramlett of Delaney and Bonnie, and reportedly refers to Ray Charles as a "blind, ignorant ni--er." Costello pleads inebriation, and says he was just trying to outrage her.

1977 DJ Joseph Hahn (of Linkin Park) is born in Dallas, Texas, but grows up in Glendale, California.

1976 At the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, Deep Purple play their last show with their Mark IV lineup, which includes David Coverdale, Ian Paice, Jon Lord and Glenn Hughes, and has been extant since 1968. The group gets back together in 1984 with Paice, Lord, Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore and Roger Glover.

1976 KISS release their album Destroyer, featuring "Detroit Rock City" and "Beth."

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Lou Reed Archive Opens in New York Public Library


The New York Public Library opens the Lou Reed Archive, with photos, recordings and other media documenting his career.

As part of the opening, the library issues 6,000 special edition library cards with Reed's image and releases a reading list devoted to Reed. Among the selections: Essential Teachings by The Dalai Lama and The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll.

The materials were donated by Reed's wife, Laurie Anderson, who turned over the collection, which includes over 600 hours of recordings. It took two years to catalog and prepare the archive.



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